Dec 172012

Services 221(Paliwal 120, Sarabjit 40, Dayal 5-71) and 71 for 4 (Yashpal 40) trail Jammu and Kashmir 85 (Yadav 4-35) and 269 (Dayal 62, M Gupta 58, Ian Dev 52, Nishan 5-73, Yadav 4-79) by 63 runs


Services have inched close to secure a comfortable victory against Jammu and Kashmir in what has been an intriguing battle in Delhi. J&K managed to put up a fight in their second innings, adding another 133 runs to their overnight 136 for 6, and sniffed an opening when their bowlers reduced Services to 7 for 3. But Yashpal Singh and Soumya Swain arrested the slide, and put their side firmly on course for victory, when they ended the day on 71 for 4, needing another 63 runs.

J&K, after being virtually out of the contest on the second day, began the third day positively as their unbeaten batsmen Manik Gupta and Ram Dayal stuck for the first 22.5 overs of the day. Both batsmen got to half-centuries but couldn’t carry on. A target of 134 didn’t seem likely to test their opponents, but Services’ top three departed quickly, before the recovery. J&K’s first-innings capitulation – they were bowled out for 85 – seems to have proved the difference.

Goa 347 for 8 (Pinto 85*, S Asnodkar 81, Desai 59, Rahul 4-71) lead Himachal Pradesh 338 A Kumar 86, M Sharma 73, Gawas 4-109) by nine runs


In a tight battle for first-innings lead, Goa emerged ahead of Himachal Pradesh by ending the third day on 347 for 8, nine runs ahead of Himachal Pradesh’s 338. Middle-order batsman Reagan Pinto and opener Swapnil Asnodkar played two crucial knocks — of 85 not out and 80 respectively — to help Goa inch past their opponents’ total. But the lead looked unlikely when they lost five wickets for 33 runs to be 193 for 6 at a stage in the innings.

Asodkar and No. 3 Aamod Desai resumed at a strong 118 for 1 in the morning, and had progressed to 160 for 2 when Asnodkar got out. This led to a slide, but vital stands between Pinto and Shadab Jakati, and later Pinto and Saurabh Bandekar helped them recover.

Tripura 127 (Manukrishnan 6-37) and 70 for 3 (Warrior 2-16) trail Kerala 400 (Prem 170, Chanda 4-77) by 203 runs


Tripura face a tough final day, but are in with a chance of saving the game against the dominating Kerala. They face a deficit of 203 runs to make Kerala bat again, after a poor day at the Maharaja Bir Bikram College Stadium. Pacer Unnikrishnan Manukrishnan registered his best figures in his short first-class career when he added two more wickets to his overnight tally of four wickets, and with another newcomer Sandeep Warrior, who took three wickets, helped bowl Tripura out for 127.

After being enforced the follow-on, Tripura were again in trouble at 7 for 2, but a 63-run stand briefly halted the one-way traffic, before another wicket fell. Sreesanth, coming back from surgery to his toe, took his first first-class wicket since November, 2011.

Jharkhand 257 (Tiwary 119, Nadeem 51, Sahabuddin 4-39, Vijaykumar 4-55) and 20 for 0 trail Andhra 410 (Muzumdar 180, Shivkumar 57, Pradeep 56, Rao 4-98) by 133 runs


Andhra’s middle-order batsman Amol Muzumdar scored his third century in this Ranji season to firmly put his team in command after the third day of the game against Jharkhand in Dhanbad. Resuming at 132 for 4 , Muzumdar struck useful stands with AG Pradeep (who had stuck with him since the previous day), Duvvarapu Shivkumar and Rajesh Pawar. This helped Andhra put up 410 before being bowled out, giving them a handy 153-run lead. Jharkhan were 20 without loss at stumps.

Muzumdar struck 20 fours and two sixes in his 275-balls innings of 180. He is now among Ranji’s top ten run-getters this season.

Dec 122012

The Election Commission Wednesday expressed its “strong disapproval” of Petroleum Minister M. Veerappa Moily’s remarks on raising the cap on LPG cylinder suppl y ahead of the Gujarat elections and asked him to be “circumspect in future.”

Moily, whom the commission on Tuesday asked to explain his remark over LPG cap being increased from six to nine, in his reply to the commission Wednesday accepted that he made the announcement.

The commission said the remarks amount to violation of Model Code of Conduct as the first phase of the Gujarat elections are slated for Thursday. The second round is on December 17. Counting in both Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, where polls were held Nov 4, will be on Dec 20.

“..the commission hereby conveys its strong disapproval of your above action and cautions you to be circumspect in future,” the panel said.

In its letter to the minister, secretary Harbans Singh said that though he said that the government is yet to take a decision in the matter, it has emerged that the cap on the supply of the subsidized LPG cylinders is being raised from the present six to nine a family a year.

“The commission is of the considered view that your above mentioned reply amounts to announcement of promise of financial grant by the government, which the Model Code of Conduct prohibits during its operation when the election process is on,” the poll panel said.

The poll panel said that when the Model Code of Conduct becomes effective, ministers and other authorities cannot make any announcement of any financial grants.

It said the announcement is thus “a clear violation both of the letter and spirit of the Model Code of Conduct.”

In his reply to the commission that was submitted Wednesday morning, Moily said there has been widespread demand from all sections of society, particularly women, for raising the cap on supply of domestic LPG cylinders.

In an event Tuesday, Moily told reporters that the LPG cap is “likely to go up definitely from six cylinders to nine cylinders”.

The minister said the decision to raise the cap will be taken by the union cabinet “very shortly”.

The government had, in September, limited the supply of subsidised LPG to six cylinders per household in a year.

Subsidised cooking gas costs Rs.410.50 per 14.2 kg cylinder at present. Additional requirements have to be bought at the market price of Rs.931.

Moily said as the capping decision was taken by the Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs, it would also decide on raising the cap.

Asked about the time-frame for the decision, he had said: “I think as early as possible.”

The government will have to provide an additional Rs.9,000 crore per annum if the cap is raised.

The petroleum minister had said the government was working on a “certain formula” to neutralise the impact of any additional subsidy burden, and he has had two rounds of discussions with Finance Minister P. Chidambaram on the issue.

Dec 112012

Services 473 (Yashpal 166*, Chaterjee 103, Jakati 4-100) and 99 for 2 (Gupta 62*, Bandekar 1-7) drew with Goa 381 (Asnodkar 83, Shukla 78, Yashpal 4-12)Scorecard

Services dismissed the last five Goa batsmen in time to take the points for first-innings lead in Porvorim and maintain their position at the top of the Group C table.

They broke the 119-run fourth-wicket partnership between Ravikant Shukla and Rohit Asnodkar in the first over of the day and then took the remaining four wickets for 60 runs. Continuing with his overnight score of 52, Asnodkar added another 31 which took the team total to 381 in reply to Services’ 473. Right-arm medium bowler Yashpal Singh finished with figures of 4 for 12.

Services came out to bat for 39 overs in the second innings and were 99 for 2 when the match ended in a draw.

Assam 354 (Das 90, Sinha 53, Dhawan 4-60) drew with Himachal Pradesh 316 for 5 (Dhawan 114*, Bhalaik 57*, Mohammad 2-62)Scorecard

Himachal Pradesh and Assam ended up sharing one point each after only 50 overs were possible on the last day of the Group C tie in Guwahati. Himachal started the day 158 behind Assam’s first innings total, lost only one wicket and ended the day on 316 for 5, only 38 short of Assam’s total. Amit Kumar was out in the 10th over of the day, but Rishi Dhawan and Aatish Bhalaik shared an unbeaten 143-run stand.

Allrounder Dhawan continued his good form scoring his third century of the season and taking his total to 460 runs. He earlier took four wickets in the match which made him the highest wicket-taker of the season so far with 32 wickets.

Jammu & Kashmir 215 (ID Singh 117*, Shahid 8-51) and 151 (Prasanth 5-16) beat Kerala 163 (Rassol 3-66, Mudhasir 3-15) and 129 (Rassol 5-43, Gupta 5-26) by 74 runsScorecard

Seventeen wickets fell on the third day at Malappuram and at the end of it Jammu & Kashmir had beaten Kerala by 74 runs. It was the first time J&K had won a second Ranji Trophy match in a season since 2000-01.

The day had begun with J&K on 68 for 3 in their second innings, leading by 120. They were dismissed for 151. Padmanabhan Prasanth took 5 for 16 in 14.4 overs, while KR Sreejith claimed 3 for 56.

Chasing a target of 204, Kerala had reached 44 for 0 before they began to collapse. They lost five wickets for 21 runs, and their last four wickets for 15. Apart from the openers, no one else got past 20 and Kerala were dismissed for 129. Parvez Rassol took 5 for 43 in 18 overs and Manik Gupta claimed 5 for 26 in 9.4